Holiday in Portugal

Holiday in Portugal

 

Portugal’s capital Lissabon is a city with a great history and an ideal point to start exploring the country.
If you want to book your escape in Portugal please visit our associates offers for villas in Portugal and other accommodation types.
In Lissabon there are major tourist attractions and interesting museums such as:
Jeronimo Monastery, Lisbon is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and is the resting place of Vasco da Gama. Jeronimo Monastery is the most impressive symbol of power and wealth during the great geographical discoveries of Portugal.
holiday-in-portugalBelem Tower, Lisbon: Built in 1515 as a fortress with defensive role in the port of entry Lissabon, Belem Tower was the starting point of many expeditions and for seafarers it was the last thing of mother country earth they saw, until the return from the sea.
Belem Tower is a monument dedicated to Portugal during the era of the great discoveries, often used as a symbol of the country. UNESCO listed Belem Tower as of universal heritage.
Built in Manueline style, the tower has a lot of decorations made in stone, specific to the major discoveries era.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lissabon.
To the north east of Park Eduardo VII is located Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, one of the most important museums around the world and one of the priceless treasures of Europe. Part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, this museum houses collections of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian and European art. In 2001 it was substantially renovated and modernized – during renovation works many masterpieces were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum of Lisbon is a sight that can not be missed on holidays in Portugal. It is one of the largest private collections in the world, a collection built over a 40 years period by the Calouste Gulbenkian, an oil tycoon. This was one of the richest men of the 20th century. In the last years of his life he settled in Portugal and has donated his entire artistic treasure to his adoptive country when he died at the age of 86 years, in 1955.
Oceanarium Lisbon
Lisbon Oceanarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Designed by American architect Peter Chermeyeff, Oceanarium has been built right on the river Tejo and in order to reach the visitors have to cross a pedestrian bridge.
Lissabon Oceanarium is a deep ocean experience without all the risks that would entail such an adventure. Here are over 25,000 fish, birds and marine mammals. There is a huge central tank as large as four Olympic pools together. Tourists can look in the aquarium at several levels and can admire about a wide range of marine animals, including various species of sharks.
–  Monument of Discoveries, Lisbon.
Across the street from Jeronimo Monastery is located Discoveries Monument. It was built on the north bank of the river Tagus in 1960 in order to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator.
The monument is a vessel with three sails ready to sail, with sculptures of important historical figures such as King Manuel I, the poet Camões, Vasco da Gama, Magellan and other explorers, crusaders, monks or Portuguese cartographers. They all follow the Prince Henry the Navigator. The only woman represented is the queen, Felipe de Lancaster, mother of Henry the Navigator. After you finish your capital tour, we suggest you to escape on the sunny beaches and continue your relaxing holiday in a pool beachfront villa. Choose a holiday package or book beach villas in Portugal from owner.

Holidays in England

Holidays in England

 

Many of the most beautiful mansions and gardens are situated in South of England in Cotswolds, Hampshire, Sussex, Wiltshire and Kent.
holiday in englandIf you choose a holiday package in England, then spring is the best season in order to enjoy of its spectacular gardens.
Most of the mansions are situated one hour train journey from London but is recommended to rent a car in order to combine the visits and make a complete tour.
So it is advisable to book your accommodation in London and start exploring the country.

» Recommendations for a few holiday days:

• Take a boat to Hampton Court to see the luxury villas and early gardens of Great Britain.
• Visit Casa Syon in Bretford and then drive to Cliveden in Berkshire to see the water garden.
• Go to Cotswolds and explore Oxford and Blenheim Palace and its huge parks and then Broughton Castle.
• Drive a little more and visit the Barnsley House and Hidcote mansion, famous for its roses garden.
• Go to Wiltshire to explore the famous XVIII century buildings: Longleat and Stourhead
• don’t miss Salisbury cathedral, then choose Broadlands in Hampshire, former villa of lord Mountbatten
• if you are a nature lover you should go to New Forest in Exbury with huge parks of azalea, magnolia and rhododendrons
• when you arrive in Sussex go to Petworth House, then continue in Kent and visit Great Dixter and the amazing natural garden designed by writer Christopher Lloyd
• if you have anought time you can visit also Sissinghurst, which is considered a jewel speaking about the gardens if England

Tips and advices:

• take an umbrella with you, it can start raining at any time
• don’t visit the gardens and mansions in weekends, it’s to crowdy
• book at least one night in one of the luxury villas
• some villas are closed in some days of the week so you must check before leaving from the hotel to visit
• book your accommodation early for the best offers

Holiday 2012

Holiday-2012 handball championship

 

With about 60 millions of tourists that visit it every year, Spain is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.
Its touristic offer consists in art, history, fabulous gastronomy, sea and mountain resorts, night life, excellent accommodation and good transportation conditions for visitors.
Tourist from all over the world can arrive by international flights on The International Airport Barajas in Madrid situated 12 km far from the city.
2012

The transportation to Madrid takes only 12 minutes by the mean of the most rapid subway of Europe.
A checking terminal of the airport is situated in the financial centre of Madrid.
All the important Spanish cities: Madrid (the capital), Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Cadiz, Alicante, Aragon, Coruña, Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Oviedo, Santander, Bilbao could be wonderful vacation destinations.
The traditional Spanish touristic offer is completed every year by a large offer of cultural and sportive events that attract a lot of visitors from all over the world.
Thus between 12 and 27 January 2012 in many Spanish locations will take place the final tour of World Men’s Handball Championship.
The cities listed on the competition’s program: Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Valladolid, Granollers, Málaga, Seville, Ciudad de Real, could be as well vacation destinations with a lot of things to see when you do not attend to the matches.
If you choose Madrid to watch the matches that will take place on Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad and Madrid Arena, you can enjoy, too, of Prado Museum, Art Center Queen Sofia, Casón del Buen Retiro, Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol and Parque de Retiro or of the night life offer.
In Barcelona many parks can offer to the visitors relaxation moments: Parc de Joan Miro, Parc de l’Espanya Industrial, Parc Guell.
Other attractive sights in Barcelona are: Barri Gotic, Palau de la Generalitat, Palau Reial de Pedralbes, Museu Frederic Mares and the Zoo founded in 1940.
But if you really want to enjoy Barcelona’s atmosphere, then take a walk on La Rampla.
At Zaragoza do not miss to visit Roman Walls (Las Murallas) remains of an antique wall.
Valladolid has an important cultural heritage consisting of aristocratic houses, churches built in different styles, and houses with historical character such as: “Casa de Cervantes” and Christopher Columbus House.
History lovers will enjoy of a visit in Málaga, where many sights remember to visitors the long history of the place:

• walls of the Phoenician city,
• the Roman  Theatre dating from 1st century BC,
• Castle of Gibralfaro left from Moors period,
• Church of Santiago,
• Cathedral and Episcopal Palace,
• Museu Picasso Málaga,
• Museum of wine.

All the other Spanish cities chosen for housing the 2012 World Men’s Handball Championship have their own charm and expect their visitors.
If you plan a holiday for attending of this world event it is advisable to make a booking for your accommodation and flights at least 3 months before.
You will get attractive offers on our associate’s site.
Whatever will be your choice: a hotel, a villa, an apartment, they have offers for many kinds of requirements and for all packets.

Travelling in US

Travelling in US

With its mountains, meadows and maple forests, Vermont is a great destinations in US, especially in the autumn when you can join the Leaves Festival in the north-east of the region. The festival takes place every year in a different city and lasts a week from the end of September to the first days of October.
Visiting VermountVermont is situated in the north-east of the United States having the main international airport at Burlington. The airport is situated 124 km far from St. Johnsbury but most international flights arrive in Boston at 240 km.

» Suggestions for your holidays:

• Start visiting St Johnsbury, the unofficial capital of the Northeast Kingdom. Here you can visit Maple Grove Farms, the biggest Maple candy factory in the world and the beautiful art gallery Athenaeum.
• Rent a car and drive to Darling Hill and BUrke Mountain to admire the amazing landscapes.
• Go to Willoughby Glacial Lake in the north. It’s a great area for hiking the surrounding mountains and swimming if the weather is good.
• Drive and cross little villages like Crafsbury Common, Walden, Cabot, Peacham and Barnet where the festival takes place.
• Champion Lake is a great place also, so if you are in the area you should stop for a while and enjoy the view.

 

Travel tips:

• buy souvenirs from the shops, they are excellent,
• stop in every village and admire the area and landscape,
• if you travel in the festival season take a list of events so you will not miss them,
• book hotel accommodation early, especially villas with car to get the best offers in 2013 & check the travel guide before starting your journey.

Holidays in Ibiza

Holidays in Ibiza

Ibiza is a Spain land and part of the Balearic Islands, situated in western part of the Mediterranean sea.
The “white island” it’s the third as size from the Balearic region with a huge offer of beachfront resorts and holiday villas, Ibiza it’s sure one destination your don’t want to miss
Its reputation of a “never sleep island” is due to the biggest clubs variety of Europe.
Nevertheless the city has never lost its traditional character.
Villas IbizaThe north of the island is covered with olive groves, figs and almonds trees and rocky coast is sprinkled with plenty of coves offering a impressive view.
Many years ago a large number of artists took refuge in Central Island which offers multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan character.
In terms of climate, the summers are warm; in winter The of sunny hours per day are 6, the maximum temperature between 14-23 degrees Celsius and the minimum around 17-15 degrees Celsius.
The airport is located 7km from Ibiza.
Ibiza is located in the south-west of the island. It is the  main city of complex island and it has the status of capital.
Here there are three main beaches: FigueretesTalamanca and Playa d en Bossa.
The port is a natural bay, where was initially established first inhabitants of the island.
The municipality provides visitors the opportunity to practice different sports: tennis, mountain biking, golf, horse riding, windsurfing, sailing, diving, quad, carting and cultural activities.
Dalt Vila city, Phoenician settlement Sa Caleta, Puig des Molines necropolis and Posidonia Oceanica are the four things made that island to be declared Heritage by the UNESCO, in 1999.
This city has many tourist attractions.
Visitors can admire the Cathedral that was built in Gothic-Catalan style and was later renovated in the 18th century with Baroque influences. In the University you can visit the University Museum of Archaeology.
Other buildings of reference would be the church of Santo Domingo, Placa de Vila.
In deep waters of Ibiza and Formentera islands the is the most important in the Mediterranean bio climate – Posidonia Prairies.
They produce a large amounts of oxygen and are home to hundreds of species.
One of the many spectacular and impressive views is Cala d Hort and the mysterious Es Vedra.
The best known tourist resorts in close Ibiza proximity are: Playa d en Bossa, Talamanca, Santa EULAR.
In the night the island becomes more fun and daring, developing it’s own fashion style in the best clubs around.
Another attraction are the salt fields, formed in summer, when the water evaporates, and at the surface remains a shiny layer of pure salt.
In few words we can say that Ibiza is one of the most beautiful islands in Europe, her naturalness and originality manages to combine the characteristics of many islands so check for villas in Ibiza and book now.

Cheap adventure holidays

Adventure, nature and all kind of open air activities is how should be called a holiday in Slovenia. But to explore more from the amazing landscape of this country you need to travel in summer so you can camp and explore the region hiking, cycling, rafting or simply enjoying a boat trip on the lakes in the area.
Cheap villas for holidaysSlovenia is situated in Central Europe between Austria, Italy, Croatia and the Adriatic. International flights go to Ljubljana Airport that is also the capital of the country. As the railway services are limited it is better to use buses to travel in the country.

» Recommendations for your holidays:

• Discover Ljubljana, admire the beautiful historic center of the city, and the particular style of architect Joze Plecnik.
• Visit Bled Lake in the Julian Alps, admire the beautiful landscape, visit the castle or cross the lake to St Maria Church.
• you must travel in the Triglav National Park and the best way to explore the area is cycling. You should visit also Tolminska Valley and the picturesque village Pokljuka.
• Travel south to Bohinj, you can join a cruise boat on the lake, go to Savica Waterfalls or take a cable up on the mountain.
• If you like rafting or just want to start now you must go to Bovec, on Soca Valley.
• In this area you should visit the Museum of Kobarid.

 

Travel advices:

• don’t go rafting without a guide, the water is very fast,
• don’t go hiking without a map, compass and clothes. The weather is changing fast and the mountains are very steep.
• if you wish to spend holidays in a holiday villa in 2013 you should book early to get the best offers or get up to 30 % discount on hotel deals.